IPL 2021: One biggest & hardest hitter of the cricket ball in each IPL team: Ever wondered why the Indian Premier League (IPL) is one of the biggest sporting events in the world? Well, the answer is the Fans. They are the ones who bring up all the charm and love to the game of cricket. But the next question is what has attracted these fans to the game-whether the millennial or hoary ones? This time the credit has to be given to the players who have with their charismatic display of game lured the fans to the game of cricket and especially to IPL. It is the big sixes, high-scoring games, for what most chunks of the fans desire to witness. Every team has one or the other batsman, who has a different fan base due to his sheer power-hitting abilities. From AB de Villiers to Rishabh Pant, check out the list of The biggest & hardest hitter of the cricket ball in each IPL team:
1. AB de Villiers- Royal Challengers Banglore (RCB)
Hailed as Mr.360, there will be hardly anyone on this planet who might question ABD’s hitting abilities. When he is on a song, he is ruthless, he is on a rampage and can destroy not only the team but a bowler’s career as well. AB de Villiers has been a part of IPL since its inception but his true potential was revealed to the world when he came to the RCB side. Along with Virat, ABD has single-handedly won a rife of games for RCB. Whenever in trouble, RCB has found a warrior in ABD. With the ability to hit at any part of the park, ABD has amassed 4849 IPL runs in just 169 matches at an average of over 40 and a staggering strike-rate of over 150.
2. MS Dhoni- Chennai Super Kings (CSK)
MS Dhoni touted as one of the best hitters and finishers the game has ever witnessed, has no blemish on his striking abilities. MSD has one of the biggest sixes in IPL record to his name. In the year 2012, MSD went 112m high in the sky, which remains the 5th longest six in the history of IPL to date. CSK’s most reliable striker, MSD has played over 200 matches accumulating a total of 4632 runs. His strike-rate has mostly hovered around the 140s.
3. Hardik Pandya- Mumbai Indians (MI)
Hardik Pandya has been India’s revelation as a power-hitter in the last few years. Pandya ever since joining the Mumbai camp has completely cropped up as a hard-hitter of the ball, probably one of the best in the current scenario. Hardik has been phenomenal for Mumbai Indians in the last few years and owing to his superb stint with MI, he is now India’s premier finisher. Coming lower down the order for MI, Pandya has played 80 matches so far. With a mind-boggling strike rate of 159+, he has scored 1349 runs.
4. Ben Stokes- Rajasthan Royals (RR)
The English southpaw is inarguably the best all-rounder in the world at present. Although Ben Stokes hasn’t fired to his best in IPL, he has surely earned the tag of the best power-hitter of RR. We all have had a ride through his ballistic hitting in the past and hopefully, he can set the IPL 2021 stage on fire. In the 42 matches in IPL, Stokesy has 902 runs to his name which he has scored at a strike rate of 135. We are very well aware that he is a far more dangerous batsman than what his stats reveal.
5. Rishabh Pant (DC)
The dashing southpaw has given glimpses of his power-hitting abilities in the under-19 days itself. With his exploits at the junior level, he managed to impress the big ones and got drafted into the then Delhi Daredevils team as a strong hitter. Soon, he became Delhi Capitals mainstay batsman and franchises dearest player. Pant has all the kind of eccentric shots in his galore. For others, those shots might be alien but for Pant, they are his bread & butter. A strike rate of 150+ speaks volumes of his rollicking batting.
6. Chris Gayle- Punjab Kings (PBKS)
Let me introduce you to the world of Universe Boss. Go back in time and stress why did Gayle earned the title of “Universe Boss”.
It was purely due to his ballistic form of batting that he introduced to the world of cricket. While others are just batting, Gayle prefers mocking the bowlers. A run-down in the memory lane- his knock of 175 against Pune Warriors India in 2013 still holds good when he has a part of the RCB family. The only person in the world can breach his record and i.e. he himself. In short, he owns the T20 arena and is the BOSS of it. He is now with the Punjab Kings and PBKS will rely heavily upon him to win its first-ever T20 title.
7. Andre Russell- Kolkata Knight Riders
There’s seriously something wrong with the genes of these Caribbean players. Another Jamaican, Andre Russ is prominent for his “Muscling the Ball” abilities. Although an All-Rounder, KKR has a predilection towards him more as a batsman. Even if Dre Russ is not to his best in the bowling department, KKR hasn’t overlooked him and still sneaked him into the playing XI just because of his striking abilities. If Dre Russ in the dug-out and KKR requires over 12 runs per over, the game is very much in KKR’s favor- because of only one reason and i.e. Andre Russell. His batting might well have given nightmares to the bowlers. If KKR has to stand a chance in closing IPL 2021 on a high, then this man’s willow needs to do the talking.
8. David Warner- Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH)
Probably one of the most dangerous openers in the world. David Warner is the backbone of SRH’s batting line-up around which every other thing revolves. He has all the gears in his kitty. He has over the years provided SRH with blistering starts and has been the main architect in many of their victories. He has a rich experience of 142 matches in IPL, with over 5000 runs which he has consistently scored at a strike rate of over 140.